Great Deep-Dish Spots Outside Chicago

The Windy City may lay claim to the original, but these slices are just as mouthwatering.

By Zach Patton

You don’t have to travel to the Windy City to satisfy your deep-dish cravings. Here are five eateries around the country that are serious about their Chicago-style pies.



One of the first places to bring deep-dish to the San Francisco Bay Area, Zachary’s has racked up a slew of awards and accolades since opening in 1983. Customers’ pizza-inspired artwork adorns the walls, and all four locations are completely employee-owned. Try the spinach and mushroom; Zachary’s calls it “our pride and joy.” 1853 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA; 510-525-5950;; dinner for two, $21*

Pi Pizzeria

St. Louis

With its golden cornmeal crust slathered with a spicy-sweet tomato sauce and piled high with toppings, the pizza at Pi Pizzeria draws tons of diners. In fact, one former president liked his slice so much that he invited Pi to the White House to cook for the first family. 400 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO; 314-367-4300;; dinner for two, $17

Buddy’s Pizza

Detroit Area

Detroit-style deep-dish is layered in reverse—toppings rest on a rectangular crust then cheese and sauce follow, and the whole pie is baked to a crispy finish. It all started at Buddy’s Pizza, which has been feeding hungry Motor City mouths for more than 70 years. The pepperoni is a classic, but consider the Lake Michigan, with seasoned ground beef and blue cheese. 17125 Conant St., Hamtramck, MI; 313-892-9001;; dinner for two, $12



Folks swear by Nancy’s, a Chicago-area mainstay that launched an Atlanta outpost more than a decade ago. And for good reason: Nancy’s is the birthplace of stuffed pizza, a deep-dish variant with a bread crust on the bottom and the top, packed with gooey cheese layered under tomato sauce. 265 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA; 404-881-0111;; dinner for two, $23



People in Baltimore will add crab to just about anything, and that includes the hearty pies at Matthew’s, which debuted as the city’s first pizzeria in 1943. The restaurant’s signature pizza comes loaded with lump crabmeat, cheese, caramelized onions and Maryland’s own Old Bay Seasoning. 3131 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD; 410-276-8755;; dinner for two, $6

  • *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax, or tip.
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  • Published: April 2017